Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Memorial for John Creighton BALL (1951)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 100 (April 1951 - June 1952), the death of John Creighton Ball on November 30, 1951 led the Hendricks County Bar to issue this memorial about him in the circuit court minutes of December 3, 1951:

"John Creighton Ball, the son of Van and Iva Ball, was born at Williamsburg, Indiana, December 19, 1893.

He attended Grammar School and High School at Williamsburg, Indiana, and studied law under Judge Bond in Richmond, Indiana, prior to being admitted to the Bar. He was a veteran of World War I.

He has surviving him his wife, Dora Ball, two children by a former marriage, Robert Ball, Santa Monica, California, and Emma DeArmound of Ocean Beach, California, and one sister, Edna Wickersham of Williamsburg, Indiana.

After being admitted to the Bar, he practiced law in Richmond for approximately fifteen years, after which he moved his law office to Indianapolis for about two years. He has been practicing in Danville for the past twelve years.

Our belonged brother and friend received his final summons to appear before the Bar of Justice on November 30, 1951.
"

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ernest NUGENT granted annulment (1953)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 101 (June 1952 - September 1953), in January 1953 Ernest W. Nugent was granted an annulment from Carrie E. Nugent (case #19180). Their marriage of October 5, 1952 was declared to be void because it had been brought about by Carrie's fraud and deception.

Monday, December 29, 2014

William EDWARDS granted divorce (1952)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 100 (April 1951 - June 1952), in June 1952 William Edwards was granted a divorce from Lillieth Edwards (case #18994). He was given custody of their children - Dora Edwards (age 5), Bennie Leon Edwards (age 6), Arnold Ray Edwards (age 4), William Herbert Edwards (age 8) and Juanita Edwards (age 2) - with Lillieth to receive visitation rights.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hendricks County marriage applications index 1943-1945 added

An index to Hendricks County Marriage Applications Book 24 (which covers 13 November 1943 through 6 October 1945) has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index is in progress - so far it covers 1905 through 1945.

ABOUT THESE RECORDS: Beginning in May 1905, Indiana law required the recording of marriage applications, which included biographical details about the bride and the groom, as well as their parents. In Hendricks County, the information from these applications was kept in a separate set of books from the marriage record from May 1905 until June 1950.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of all of the marriage application books.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Cova SPEAR granted divorce (1951)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 100 (April 1951 - June 1952), in November 1951 Cova Spear was granted a divorce from Denzil Spear (case #18824). Cova was given custody of their 5 children: Marie Spear (age 14), Jean Spear (age 12), Kay Spear (age 10), Barbara Spear (age 7) and Mildred Spear (age 5) and Denzil was ordered to pay her $15 a week for child support.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Marjorie DOUGLAS granted annulment (1951)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 100 (April 1951 - June 1952), in September 1951 Marjorie J. Thornton was granted an annulment from Hobart D. Thornton (case #18771). Their marriage of August 19, 1946 was declared to be void and she was restored to her maiden name, Marjorie J. Douglas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lillian JOHNSON granted divorce (1951)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 100 (April 1951 - June 1952), in July 1951 Lillian Frances Johnson was granted a divorce from Imel Johnson (case #18650). Imel was stationed in Korea and custody of their adopted child Michael Dee Johnson was given to his paternal grandmother, Edna Johnson, with Lillian given visitation rights. Imel was also to pay Lillian $50 a month until he returned from service and to pay his mother Edna $100 a month for child support.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Memorial for Wiley C. DORSETT (1953)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 101 (June 1952 - September 1953), the death of Wiley C. Dorsett on June 12, 1953 led the Hendricks County Bar to issue this memorial about him in the circuit court minutes of June 16, 1953:

"Wiley C. Dorsett, son of Jehu and Cynthia Ann Dorsett, was born on April 28, 1897 at French Lick, Indiana, where he received his public schooling.

Her served his country with honor in World War I and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

He came to Danville in the year 1921, attended Central Normal College and was graduated in 1925. He studied law at Benjamin Harrison Law School in Indianapolis and was admitted to practice law before the Hendricks County Bar on the 25th day of November, 1925. For a short time he was engaged in the abstracting business in Danville. Thereafter he was connected with the Legal Department for the Prudential Insurance Company of Indianapolis.

Although he did not engage actively in the general practice of law, he became and was an authority on real estate and mortgage law and his opinions on these matters were highly respected by the profession.

Patriotic service to his community, state and nation did not terminate with his military service. Since 1941 he had served as Chairman of the Hendricks County Selective Service Board. He was a charter member of the Benjamin Harrison Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Past Commander of Hendricks County Post No. 118 of the American Legion and was also Past Commander of Sixth District of the American Legion. For many years he had served this organization actively and well in many capacities. He had received the unanimous endorsement of his Post of the Office of Southern Vice-Commander of the Indiana Department of the American Legion.

Since taking up his residence in Danville some thirty years ago he had been active in community and civic affairs. He was a member of the Danville Christian Church. He had served as President of the Danville Lions Club and Commercial Club and was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, Columbia Club of Indianapolis and Danville Conservation Club.

He had an abiding faith in the young people in this community and willingly gave much time and faithful service in helping them. For many years he was active in scouting, both on community and state level. He was a member of the Central Indiana Scout Committee and in 1948 received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor in scouting.

Wiley C. Dorsett received the final summons at Danville on June 12, 1953, and answered the call to that High Tribunal in which no error is committed, where mercy prevails and where all must appear before the Great Judge of mankind.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Irene Martin, and a grandson, Craig Randall Martin, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also by three brothers, Willard Dorsett, St. Louis, Missouri, Charles Dorsett, French Lick, Indiana, and John Dorsett of Bloomington, Indiana.

Once again the bell has tolled and we meet to pay tribute to the memory of and mourn the untimely loss of an honored member of our profession. One who was kind, gentle, patient, unassuming, courteous and friendly in his dealings with his fellow man; one who was devoted to his community, state and nation and one who lived a life consistent with his convictions. Whatever might have been his faults let us write them in the sands where even the soft winds and gentle rains will obliterate them, but let his virtues be inscribed on the tablets of our memory and forever cherished in our hearts.

Respectfully submitted,
George W. Hadley
Joe Stevenson
Richard J. Groover
Committee
"

Mary TYLER granted divorce (1950)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 99 (March 1950 - April 1951), in December 1950 Mary E. Tyler was granted a divorce from Harold E. Tyler (case #18587). At the time of the divorce decree, their 2 children, Gayle Wayne Tyler (age 6) and Robert Eugene Tyler (age 5), were staying with their paternal grandparents (Raymond T. Tyler and Vallie Tyler, 1525 Mary Drive, Indianapolis) - they were to stay there until the end of the school year, then custody was to be given to Harold and Mary was to receive reasonable visitation privileges. The children's maternal grandparents, Clarence P. Staggs and Elizabeth Staggs of Parke County, were to have visitation privileges at their home during the summer months and other times through the year as could be arranged.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Fannie ADAMS granted divorce (1950)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 99 (March 1950 - April 1951), in July 1950 Fannie M. Adams was granted a divorce from Glenn F. Adams (case #18518), with Glenn unable to appear in court because he was in Indiana State Prison. Fannie was given custody of their children, Kenneth Wayne Adams (age 14) and Crystal Lenor Adams (age 12), with Glenn ordered to pay $7 a week in child support within 30 days after being released from prison.

Dorothy DENNEY granted divorce (1950)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 99 (March 1950 - April 1951), in June 1950 Dorothy Denney was granted a divorce from Floyd Lee Denney (case #18485). Dorothy was given custody of their children: Dale Denney (age 8), Russell Denney (age 6), Evelyn Ruth Denney (age 4) and Brenda Jo Denney (age 1), with Floyd ordered to pay Dorothy $15 a week for child support until September 1950, at which time the child support would go up to $20 a week. Floyd was to have visitation rights on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, beginning by picking them up after Sunday school and returning them to their mother's home in Clayton by 6 pm.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

List of Eel River Township landowners in 1919 added

An index of the landowners in Eel River Township in 1919 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was compiled from the Hendricks County Assessor's collection of plat books and includes the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Carl PEPPER granted divorce for wife's insanity (1950)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 99 (March 1950 - April 1951), in May 1950 Carl P. Pepper was granted a divorce from Mabel Pepper (case #18490) on the grounds of Mabel's insanity. Mabel had been committed to the Richmond State Hospital more than 5 years before and was ruled to be incurably insane. Carl was given custody of their son, Bob Pepper.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Grace MONEY granted divorce (1949)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 98 (April 1949 - March 1950), in October 1949 Grace E. Money was granted a divorce from Albert Money (case #18315) on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment by Albert. The divorce decree noted they were married July 30, 1938 and lived together until July 20, 1948. Grace was given custody of their children, Barbara J. Money (age 10) and James E. Money (age 7 1/2) and Albert was ordered to pay her $12.50 a week for child support. Under a property agreement they'd reached earlier, Grace was given certain real estate in Danville (part of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 10, Township 15 North, Range 1 West).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Daniel MOWERY granted divorce (1950)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 99 (March 1950 - April 1951), in June 1950 Daniel Monroe Mowery was granted a divorce from Zelma May Mowery (case #18500), with Zelma not showing up in court to answer the petition. The divorce decree noted they were married August 15, 1927 and had lived together until April 2, 1950.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Memorial for Robert Franklin DAVIDSON (1951)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 99 (March 1950 - April 1951), the death of Robert Franklin Davidson on March 11, 1951 led the Hendricks County Bar to issue this memorial about him in the circuit court minutes of March 14, 1951:

"Robert Franklin Davidson, the only child of John William and Mary Davidson, was born at Ladoga, Indiana, December 22, 1872. Of Scotch ancestery [sic], his childhood days were greatly influenced by a rather rigid discipline, religion, education and labor. His father, being a storekeeper, as such calling was denominated in early times, found ample opportunity to fulfill the labor training requirements of the boy. His mother was fully capable of ministering to the early religious training of her son, which she did successfully, instilling in him a deep sense of moral integrity which served him well in the profession of his choosing. It was left largely to the boy himself, nevertheless, to pursue such educational opportunities as he could discover.

The scholastic experiences, grammar school, high school and college were not strikingly different from those of other youth of his era. It should be noted that his sense of balance inculcated during his boyhood training bore him well in his early professional training. Enter Butler University at an early age, he was not content with routine book learning. His industry and desire for a fuller life soon brought to him a deep interest in the finer arts, music, painting and literature. The vigor of his youth also brought to him the satisfaction of the participation in all college athletics, wherein he soon became proficient. This interest in athletic participation remained with him for the rest of his days. Continuously following his graduation from Butler University he financially aided countless numbers of young men, by gifts and loans to support themselves while participating in college sports.

Receiving his degree of Master of Arts from Butler University in 1894 marks one of the important milestones in a long and highly satisfactory professional career. His intellectual integrity dictated he should not consider the profession of law without some special education which he felt could not be obtained by entering a law office and reading law under the tutelage of an established attorney. He thereupon entered Indiana Law School, where he received his degree a short time later.

With this educational background, he felt himself capable of entering upon the active practice of law. He early realized that to expose himself to the opportunities of the business of law he must place himself in the channels of industry, commerce or finance where the chances of becoming "more exposed", so to speak, were more numerous. Accordingly, and with more decorum and a strong heart, he threw his lot in the path of such intellectual giants of the profession as Samuel Owen Pickens, Charles W. Moores, Smiley N. Chambers, Sr. and many others. With such courage, fortitude and ability, he soon became a partner in the then well established law firm of Chambers, Pickens and Moores. This happy and fruitful association lasted for many years.

His intellectual integrity, his legal ability and his tremendous driving power never failed him. New and greater avenues continuously opened before him. His counsel, sagacity and decorum fitted him smoothly in the office of general counsel of many large enterprises. Perhaps his pet, if it may be said that such an energetic individual has pets, was perhaps his position of General Counsel for the Indiana Bell Telephone Company, a position which he finally yielded due to advancing years, in 1942.

Throughout his active career, he found time to serve his alma mater in the capacity of University Trustee for many years. He maintained affiliation with the American Bar, Indiana State, Indianapolis and Hendricks County Bar Associations. Early in life he became affiliated with the Masonic Lodge of Indiana. He served as Master of Irvington Lodge and became a member of the Scottish Rite and Shrine. He maintained membership in the Downey Avenue Christian Church of Irvington. While not abandoning his old interests, faithful friends and associates of approximately fifty years duration, he ultimately removed to Hendricks County, where as he so often remarked - "to step out of the scene as quietly and unnoticed as possible."

Much more should be said of this interesting character. In this brief Memorium [sic] the intellectual integrity of this character, the enduring influence he has had upon this Bar, the sincerity of purpose for which he applied himself in his profession will long be remembered by those who had the good fortune to know him.

Our Beloved Brother and Friend received his Final Summons to appear before the Bar of Eternal Justice March 11, 1951. He asks and he needs no counsel. He appears pro-se, ably and gives a final accounting.

It is the result of this Memorial Committee that this Memorial be spread upon the official record of proceedings in this Court as a permanent beacon to those who follow, and to mark an illustrious career nobly done.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank R. Rayan
J. Gordon Gibbs
Claud D. Raber

"

Audrey MORRIS divorce case dismissed because of death (1949)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 98 (April 1949 - March 1950), in September 1949 the divorce case of Audrey H. Morris vs. Thomas Russell Morris (case #17980) was dismissed because the court was informed that both the plaintiff and the defendant were now dead.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1949-1950 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County during 1949-1950 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 98 (1 April 1949 - 6 March 1950).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1955.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Custody of Joyce Elnora Cox awarded to county (1931)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 80 (November 1930 - November 1931), in February 1931 Joyce Elnora Cox (age 10) was found to be a dependent and neglected child and was made a ward of the Board of Children's Guardians of Hendricks County. Her nearest relative was listed as her grandfather, Isaac S. Meltabarger.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Duffie FIELDS awarded custody of neglected children (1931)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 80 (November 1930 - November 1931), in January 1931 Louvenia Fields and Virgil Fields (both under the age of 16) were found to be dependent and neglected children and were made wards of the Board of Children's Guardians of Hendricks County. Custody of them was given to their mother, Duffie Fields.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

List of Guilford Township landowners in 1928 added

An index of the landowners in Guilford Township in 1928 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. It includes the owners of lots in the town of Plainfield.

This index is compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and includes the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

9-year-old Johnny McCLOUD found guilty of delinquency (1930)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 80 (November 1930 - November 1931), in December 1930 Johnny McCloud (age 9), son of Allen McCloud, was found guilty of several acts of delinquency and was sentenced to 3 years at White's Manual Labor Institute in Wabash, Indiana.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Leo MADDOX sentenced to Indiana Boys' School (1930)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 79 (December 1929 - November 1930), in October 1930 Leo Maddox (age 15) pled guilty to delinquency and was sentenced to the Indiana Boys' School in Plainfield until he turned 21.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cora STEWART given custody of neglected ELMORE grandchildren (1930)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 79 (December 1929 - November 1930), in May 1930 Hugh Elmore (age 13), Marcella Elmore (age 10) and Maxine Elmore (age 8) were found to be dependent and neglected children and were made wards of the Board of Children's Guardians of Hendricks County. Custody of them was given to their grandmother, Cora Stewart.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

William RUSHTON sentenced to Indiana Reformatory at Pendleton (1929)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 78 (December 1928 - November 1929), in February 1929 21-year-old William Rushton (case #6028) pled guilty to vehicle taking and was sentenced to a term of 1 to 10 years at the Indiana Reformatory in Pendleton and also lost the right to vote for 3 years.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hendricks County marriage applications index 1942-1943 added

An index to Hendricks County Marriage Applications Book 23 (which covers 10 June 1942 through 12 November 1943) has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index is in progress - so far it covers 1905 through 1943.

ABOUT THESE RECORDS: Beginning in May 1905, Indiana law required the recording of marriage applications, which included biographical details about the bride and the groom, as well as their parents. In Hendricks County, the information from these applications was kept in a separate set of books from the marriage record from May 1905 until June 1950.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of all of the marriage application books.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hendricks County elected officials (1906)

This is a list of various elected officials in Hendricks County, who were in office as of fall 1906.

Source: Biennial report of Fred A. Sims, Secretary of State of the State of Indiana, for the two years ending October 31, 1906 (Indianapolis: William B. Burford, 1906)

Hendricks County Clerk - John C. Taylor (term expires July 26, 1908)
Hendricks County Auditor - David D. Mills (term expires January 1, 1908)
Hendricks County Recorder - Ellis M. Weaver (term expires January 1, 1907)
Hendricks County Treasurer - James A. Clay (term expires January 1, 1908)
Hendricks County Sheriff - Isaac J. Mendenhall (term expires January 1, 1907)
Hendricks County Coroner - Henry S. Curtis (term expires January 1, 1907)
Hendricks County Surveyor - John W. Figg (term expires January 1, 1907)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hendricks County elected officials (1904)

This is a list of various elected officials in Hendricks County, who were in office as of fall 1904.

Source: Biennial report of Daniel E. Storms, Secretary of State of the State of Indiana, for the two years ending October 31, 1904 (Indianapolis: William B. Burford, 1904)

Hendricks County Clerk - John C. Taylor (term expires July 26, 1908)
Hendricks County Auditor - David D. Mills (term expires January 1, 1908)
Hendricks County Recorder - Ellis M. Weaver (term expires January 1, 1907)
Hendricks County Treasurer - John E. Vestal (term expires January 1, 1906)
Hendricks County Sheriff - Archibald A. Figg (term expires January 1, 1905)
Hendricks County Coroner - Henry S. Curtis (term expires January 1, 1905)
Hendricks County Surveyor - William F. Franklin (term expires January 1, 1905)
Hendricks County Assessor - James D. Pratt (term expires January 1, 1907)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hendricks County elected officials (1900)

This is a list of various elected officials in Hendricks County, who were elected in November 1900.

Source: Biennial report of Union B. Hunt, Secretary of State of the State of Indiana, for the two years ending October 31, 1900 (Indianapolis: William B. Burford, 1900)

Hendricks County Treasurer - Oscar Hadley (term expires January 1, 1904)
Hendricks County Sheriff - Archibald A. Figg (term expires November 13, 1902)
Hendricks County Coroner - Henry S. Curtis (term expires November 18, 1902)
Hendricks County Surveyor - William F. Franklin (term expires November 6, 1902)
Hendricks County Assessor - James D. Pratt (term expires November 16, 1904)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hendricks County elected officials (1898)

Hendricks County elected officials (1898)

This is a list of various elected officials in Hendricks County, who were in office as of fall 1898.

Source: Biennial report of William D. Owen, Secretary of State of the State of Indiana, for the two years ending October 31, 1898 (Indianapolis: William B. Burford, 1898)

Hendricks County Clerk - Zimri E. Dougan (term expires July 26, 1904)
Hendricks County Auditor - Charles M. Caviness (term expires November 1, 1903)
Hendricks County Treasurer - William N. Lakin (term expires January 1, 1902)
Hendricks County Recorder - William L. Wilson (term expires November 13, 1902)
Hendricks County Sheriff - Henry I. Eaton (term expires November 13, 1900)
Hendricks County Coroner - Henry S. Curtis (term expires November 18, 1900)
Hendricks County Surveyor - WilliamF. Franklin (term expires November 6, 1900)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

List of Union Township landowners in 1911 added

An index of the landowners in Union Township in 1911 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. It includes the owners of lots in the town of Lizton.

This index is compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and includes the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Presbyterian ministers in Hendricks County (1885)

This is a list of the ministers of various Presbyterian churches in Hendricks County.

Source: Minutes of the Synod of Indiana of the Presbyterian Church held in Logansport 8-12 A.D. 1885 (Indianapolis: William A. Patton, 1885)

Brownsburg - H.L. Dickerson
Danville - Ninian S. Dickey
Shiloh (Avon) - William H. Hyatt
White Lick (Avon) - H.L. Dickerson

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hendricks County students at Indiana School for the Blind (1869)

These were the students from Hendricks County who were attending the Indiana School for the Blind in Indianapolis as of June 1869:

Source: Twenty-third annual report of the trustees and superintendent of the Indiana Institute for the Education of the Blind (Indianapolis: Alexander H. Conner, 1869)

--M. Jane Smith
cause of blindness: typhoid fever

--Phebe E. West
cause of blindness: inflammation

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hendricks County elected officials (1883)

This is a list of various elected officials in Hendricks County, who were in office as of spring 1883.

Source: Annual report of the Secretary of State of the State of Indiana for the year ending October 31, 1883 (Indianapolis: William B. Burford, 1883)

Hendricks County Auditor - John Kendall (term expires November 1, 1887)
Hendricks County Clerk - William R. McClelland (term expires July 26, 1888)
Hendricks County Coroner - William M. Hutchings (term expires November 13, 1884)
Hendricks County Recorder - Adrian A. Parsons (term expires November 13, 1886)
Hendricks County Sheriff - Abraham Douglass (term expires November 13, 1884)
Hendricks County Surveyor - Charles M. Griggs (term expires November 13, 1884)
Hendricks County Treasurer - Rodney Jegar (term expires September 7, 1885)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Canterbury College graduates list 1946-1950 added

A list of graduates from Canterbury College in Danville for the years 1946 through 1950 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The list includes the graduate's name, the year they graduated, their hometown, and the degree they received.

Canterbury College existed in Danville from the fall of 1946 until 1951, when it closed. It was a reorganization of Central Normal College, which existed in Danville from 1878 until the spring of 1946.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hendricks County elected officials (1878)

This is a list of various elected officials in Hendricks County, who were in office as of spring 1878.

Source: Annual report of the Secretary of State of the State of Indiana for the year ending October 31, 1878 (Indianapolis: Indianapolis Journal Co., 1878)

Hendricks County Auditor - William H. Nichols (term expires November 1, 1883)
Hendricks County Clerk - William T. Haynes (term expires July 26, 1884)
Hendricks County Coroner - Benjamin Hayden (term expires November 2, 1880)
Hendricks County Recorder - John A. Osborn (term expires November 7, 1882)
Hendricks County Sheriff - James M. Emmons (term expires November 7, 1880)
Hendricks County Surveyor - Joseph A. Clark (term expires October 29, 1880)
Hendricks County Treasurer - Wyatt Osborn (term expires November 7, 1881)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Justices of the Peace in Hendricks County (1878)

This is a list of those that were elected as a Justice of the Peace for the various townships in Hendricks County and who were in office as of the spring of 1878.

Source: Annual report of the Secretary of State of the State of Indiana for the year ending October 31, 1878 (Indianapolis: Indianapolis Journal Co., 1878)

Brown Township
--Thomas C. Dollarhide
--James Smoot

Center Township
--Simon Rammel

Clay Township
--Thomas Mendenhall
--Joseph Williams

Eel River Township
--William J.K.P. Jones

Franklin Township
--Elisha McAninch
--John Campbell

Guilford Township
--Thomas Archer

Liberty Township
--D.H. Walts
--Amos I. Wills

Lincoln Township
--Isaac W. Gray

Marion Township
--Anthony W. Kelley
--Joseph Allison

Middle Township
--James M. Duzan

Union Township
--Thomas B. Hall

Washington Township
--William R. Barker

Thursday, November 13, 2014

David MATLOCK, Jr. sues for false imprisonment (1853)

As shown in Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 7 (September 1853 - October 1857), in September 1853 David Matlock, Jr. sued John Wilson, James McLain, William Brittain and Seth Hurin for false imprisonment. Because Matlock was under 21, the case was filed on his behalf by his next friend, Thomas Nichols. Matlock alleged that John Wilson was an unlicensed constable who, with the help of his fellow church members McLain and Brittain, had arrested Matlock at a church camp meeting for having disturbed the meeting of a religious society (men and women were segregated at the camp meeting; Matlock had seated himself with the women and allegedly refused to move). Matlock had then been brought before Seth Hurin (a justice of the peace), found guilty and fined $5. A Hendricks County jury had found for Matlock and awarded him $100 in damages.

Wilson et al. appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court and in June 1856, they overturned the decision, noting that religious societies had the power to impose their own rules for their meetings. They ordered a new trial. At the new trial, the jury found that John Wilson owed Matlock $5 in damages, and that Matlock should pay the defendants for their costs for the Supreme Court case.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Memorial for Solon A. ENLOE (1932)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 81 (November 1931 - October 1932), the death of Solon A. Enloe on October 15, 1932 led the Hendricks County Bar to issue this memorial about him in the circuit court minutes of October 18, 1932:

"Judge Solon A. Enloe became a member of the bar of the Hendricks Circuit Court June 4, 1897, and continued as a honored member until his death, October 15th, 1932.

"He was elected as a member of the Appellate Court of Indiana in 1918, 1922 and 1926 and served as a member of that Court with distinction for twelve years.

"He was graduate of the Central Normal College, and for a time was Dean of the Law Department of that institution.

"He was a Spanish War veteran, a member of the Christian Church and of the Masonic Order. He was devoted to his family, his country and his friends, and all were his friends who knew him. He was seventy-two years of age at the time of his death, and left a good record for loyalty and devotion to the higher ideals of lie.

"Be it resolved by the bench and bar of Hendricks County, that in the passing of our brother, we have sustained a real loss. That we hereby express our appreciation of his patriotism, his sturdy character, his professional attainments and the honor which he has brought to bench and bar of Indiana."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Flora ARCHER gives birth to illegitimate child (1933)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 82 (October 1932 - October 1933), in April 1933 Flora Archer filed a bastardy suit against Judson Renn (case #13600) for the illegitimate child she had given birth to. The court ordered Renn to pay Archer $10 a month for 3 years for the support and maintenance of the child.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hendricks County guardianship docket index 1853-1866 added

An index to a Hendricks County guardianship docket book which covers 1853 through 1866 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index includes the name of the ward, as well as the name of their guardian and the date that the case began.

Guardianship records are part of probate records, and additional information can be found in probate order books as well as probate "loose papers".

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

9-year-old Norman Ernest McCLOUD guilty of Petit Larceny (1921)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 70 (November 1920 - October 1921), in January 1921 9-year-old Norman Ernest McCLOUD was found guilty of petit larceny (case #5257). His sentence was suspended but because of "not good" behavior, he was put in the custody of the Board of Children's Guardians of Hendricks County. The Board told the court they were unable to place him in an institution "where he can be properly educated and disciplined," so the court had him committed to White's Manual Labor Institute in Wabash, Indiana until he turned 21.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1947-1949 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County during 1947-1949 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 96 (12 February 1947 - 11 March 1948) and Book 97 (12 March 1948 - 1 April 1949).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1949.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Guilford Township Criminal Case Index 1901-1910 Added

An index of a criminal docket book 1901-1910 for a Guilford Township Justice of the Peace has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Indiana law gave justices of the peace the jurisdiction to settle certain court cases in their respective townships, including misdemeanor criminal cases.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has a digital file of this criminal docket book.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Memorial for Thad S. ADAMS (1943)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 93 (June 1942 - June 1943), the death of Thad S. Adams on May 30, 1943 led the Hendricks County Bar to issue this memorial about him in the circuit court minutes of June 4, 1943:

"He was born near Lizton, Indiana ninety years ago and was a lifelong resident of Hendricks County. He taught school for a number of years and in 1878 was admitted to the practice of law in Danville, Indiana, where he practiced his profession until 1937 when his failing health permitted him no longer to go to his office. When Hendricks County became the 55th Judicial Circuit in 1889 Governor Alvin P. Hovey appointed Mr. Adams the first prosecuting attorney of this Circuit, and he was elected to succeed himself. From 1896 to 1900 he was Dean of the Law Department of Central Normal College. On his seventy-fifth birthday, November 6, 1928, he was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the State of Indiana, and in 1930 was re-elected to that position. He was intensely patriot and among the bills he introduced in the State Legislature was a bill requiring all teachers in the public schools and colleges to take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the State of Indiana, and to teach nothing derogatory thereto.

"Mr. Adams was always helpful to the younger members of the bar. In fact he seemed never to be happier than when he could lend sympathy and aid to anyone in need. He was president of the Hendricks County Bar Association for many years and its members will miss his helpfulness and mourn his loss."

Ralph CUNNINGHAM granted annulment (1948)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 97 (March 1948 - April 1949), in September 1948 Ralph Cunningham was granted an annulment from his wife Margaret Cunningham (case #18047). The court agreed with Ralph's petition, which said that their marriage license had been issued under false testimony, because Margaret had epilepsy. NOTE: Because Ralph was under the age of 21, the petition had been brought by his mother, Zella Cunningham.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Imogene WHITE granted divorce (1948)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 97 (March 1948 - April 1949), in October 1948 Imogene White was granted a divorce from James White (case #18041). Imogene was given custody of their daughter, Willadean White (age 1 year, 5 months) and James, who was serving in the U.S. Army, was ordered to take $42 a month from his military pay for child support.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Janet MARIN of Indianapolis granted divorce (1948)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 97 (March 1948 - April 1949), in April 1948 Janet L. Marin was granted a divorce from Laddie Marin (case #17952). The case was originally filed in Marion County court in Indianapolis but was transferred to the Hendricks County Circuit Court. Janet was given custody of their daughter, Sharon Sue Marin (age 2 1/2) and Laddie was ordered to pay $50 a month in child support.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marguerite HESS of Indianapolis granted divorce (1948)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 97 (March 1948 - April 1949), in March 1948 Marguerite Hess was granted a divorce from Herman Hess (case #17922). The case was originally filed in Marion County court in Indianapolis but was transferred to the Hendricks County Circuit Court. The divorce decree noted that they were married on 19 March 1927 and had lived together until 1 June 1937, and had children Martha Hess and Doris Hess. Marguerite was given custody of the 2 children and Herman was ordered to pay $85 a month in child support.

Monday, October 20, 2014

44 Digital Files of Hendricks County Probate Records Added Online

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 44 more digitized files of Hendricks County probate records to their website. The newest files span 1826 through 1896 and cover these surnames:

WHITE, WHITENACK, WILCOX, WILDMAN, WILKERSON, WILLIAMS, WILSON, WISEHEART, WITTY, WOODARD, WOODROW, WOODS, WOODWARD, WOODY, WREN, WRIGHT, YOUNT, ZIMMERMAN

There are now 1,004 digital files of Hendricks County probate records online. These files are free to the public and are part of the society's Records Preservation Project.

Volunteers are more than 95% finished with the unfolding and organizing of the probate records dating from 1824 to 1900, which is the first step to them being digitized.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1944-1947 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County during 1944-1947 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 94 (25 September 1944 - 8 December 1945) and Book 95 (10 December 1945 - 11 February 1947).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1948.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fern (REED) LAWSON granted divorce (1947)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 96 (February 1947 - March 1948), in September 1947 Fern (Reed) Lawson was granted a divorce from Lindol L. Lawson (case #17790) for cruel and inhuman treatment. The divorce decree noted that they were married on 22 November 1936 and lived together until 13 June 1947, and had children: Lindol L. Lawson, II (age 9) and Sarah Ann Lawson (age 3). Fern was given custody of the 2 children and Lindol was ordered to pay $10 a week child support. They had already filed a property settlement with the court, in which Lindol gave Fern the deed to their home at 292 West Marion Street in Danville.

Alice BENJAMIN of Indianapolis granted divorce (1947)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 96 (February 1947 - March 1948), in September 1947 Alice A. Benjamin was granted a divorce from Frank P. Benjamin (case #17794). The case was originally filed in Marion County court in Indianapolis but was transferred to the Hendricks County Circuit Court. The divorce decree noted that they were married on 12 April 1937 and had lived together until 2 January 1947, and had children Marilyn Rose Benjamin (age 9) and Donna Elaine Benjamin (age 4). Alice was given custody of the 2 children and Frank was ordered to pay $30 a week child support.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1942-1944 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County during 1942-1944 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 92 (3 June 1942 - 25 June 1943) and Book 93 (26 June 1943 - 23 September 1944).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1947.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Maple Hill Cemetery burials index added

An index of the burial records from Maple Hill Cemetery in Plainfield for the years 1977 to 2013 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was done by the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library's Indiana Room, from photocopies of the cemetery's burial ledgers.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wilma BATES granted divorce for husband's military desertion (1943)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 93 (June 1943 - June 1944), in October 1943 Wilma Bates was granted a divorce from Rush L. Bates (case #16858). The divorce decree noted that her husband was serving a sentence in federal prison for being a deserter from the military.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1940-1942 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County during 1940-1942 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 90 (14 June 1940 - 26 May 1941) and Book 91 (26 May 1941 - 2 June 1942).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1944.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Carmie Rogan WALLEN corrects his birth record (1943)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 92 (June 1942 - June 1943), in January 1943 Carmie Rogan Wallen petitioned the court to correct the date on his birth record. The court granted the petition and corrected his birth record so that it reflected the fact he was born on March 6, 1917.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Plainfield library to give hands-on demonstration of Ancestry.com databases

The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library will offer a hands-on demonstration of how to search Ancestry.com on Monday, October 13 from 6 to 8:15 pm in the library's lobby conference room. Using the library's laptops, Indiana Room Manager Reann Poray will show you tips and tricks for the most effective ways to search the millions of genealogy databases on Ancestry.com.

This is a free class but seating is limited and registration is required - register online using the library's events calendar, or contact the library's Indiana Room - phone (317) 839-6602 extension 2114; e-mail askindiana@plainfieldlibrary.net.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1937-1940 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County during 1937-1940 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 87 (13 July 1937 - 8 July 1938), Book 88 (9 July 1938 - 9 June 1939) and Book 89 (9 June 1939 - 13 June 1940).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1942.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Geneva Eleanor WOODWORTH and George Masten HUNTER granted emergency license to marry (1941)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 90 (June 1940 - May 1941), in March 1941 Eleanor Woodworth and George Hunter petitioned the court (case #16291) for an emergency license to marry. The court granted their request, waiving the requirement that they produce blood tests showing they did not have syphilis.

NOTE: According to Hendricks County marriage records, Geneva Eleanor Woodworth (born July 2, 1920) and George Masten Hunter (born January 7, 1916) were married on 10 March 1941.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Barbara Ellen DARNELL delivers illegitimate child (1940)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 91 (May 1941 - June 1942), in May 1941 Barbara Ellen Darnell filed a bastardy suit against Carl Githens (case #16227) for the illegitimate child she had given birth to on April 6, 1940. The court awarded her $200 for the support and maintenance of the child.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

List of Washington Township landowners in 1907 added

An index of the landowners in Washington Township in 1907 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

This index is compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and includes the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Josephine THOMAS granted divorce because of husband's robbery (1940)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 89 (9 June 1939 - 13 June 1940), in April 1940 Josephine E. Thomas was granted a divorce from Francis Leroy Thomas (case #15945). The court agreed with her complaint, which stated that Francis had been convicted of robbery and sentenced to Indiana State Prison and while out on parole, he had committed other acts of robbery and been returned to prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence. Josephine was given custody of their 5 children (Betty Thomas, born 18 March 1925; Robert Thomas, born 6 November 1926; Jo Ann Thomas, born 28 May 1928, Lola May Thomas, born 8 May 1931 and Carl D. Thomas, born 26 February 1938) and Francis was ordered to pay $5 a week in child support beginning 30 days after he was released from prison.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1934-1937 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County for 1934-1937 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 84 (19 September 1934 - 19 June 1935), Book 85 (20 June 1935 - 22 June 1936) and Book 86 (23 June 1936 - 12 July 1937)

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1940.

Friday, September 26, 2014

William Earl PARKS granted annulment (1938)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 88 (9 July 1938 - 9 June 1939), in October 1938 William E. Parks was granted an annulment from Elizabeth M. Kenworthy on the grounds that she was 16 when they were married on 12 November 1937 (in the court proceeding, John A. Kendall had been appointed as Elizabeth's guardian ad litem because she was a minor).

According to their 1937 Hendricks County marriage application, William Earl Parks was born 4 July 1919, the son of William Earl Parks and Lula May Dickerson. Elizabeth Madeline Kenworthy was born 2 February 1921, the daughter of Ed P. Kenworthy and Matilda Ellen Elmore.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

List of Brown Township landowners in 1895 and 1899 added

Indexes of the landowners in Brown Township in 1895 and 1899 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Cleota PEARSON delivers illegitimate child (1935)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 84 (September 1934 - June 1935), in May 1935 Cleota Pearson filed a bastardy suit against Frank Barkhus (case #14503) for the birth of her illegitimate child. The court awarded her $300, with $100 due up front and the remainder to be paid in installments of $3 a week for the support and maintenance of the child.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1931-1934 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County for 1931-1934 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 81 (9 November 1931 - 21 October 1932), Book 82 (22 October 1932 - 21 October 1933) and Book 83 (23 October 1933 - 18 September 1934).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1940.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

List of Lincoln Township landowners in 1903 and 1907 added

Indexes of the landowners in Lincoln Township in 1903 and 1907 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1928-1931 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County courts for 1928-1931 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 78 (22 December 1928 - 30 November 1929), Book 79 (2 December 1929 - 24 November 1930) and Book 80 (25 November 1930 - 7 November 1931).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1931.

Friday, September 12, 2014

List of Union Township landowners in 1895 added

An index of the landowners in Union Township in 1895 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

This index is compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and includes the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

List of Liberty Township landowners in 1907 added

An index of the landowners in Liberty Township in 1907 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

This index is compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and includes the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

List of Guilford Township landowners in 1911 added

An index of the landowners in Guilford Township in 1911 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

This index is compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and includes the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

List of Center Township landowners in 1907 added

An index of the landowners in Center Township in 1907 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

This index is compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and includes the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Friday, September 5, 2014

List of Marion Township landowners in 1907, 1911 and 1915 added

Indexes of the landowners in Marion Township in 1907, 1911 and 1915 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

COURTNEY children turned over to mother (1931)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 80 (25 November 1930 - 7 November 1931), in February 1931 the court granted the state's petition (case #99) to have Pauline Avis Courtney, Paul Adrian Courtney and Geneva Lillie Courtney declared to be neglected children, and custody of them was turned over to their mother.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hendricks County probate fee book index 1880-1892 added

An index to probate cases that are listed in Hendricks County fee books which cover 1880 through 1892 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index includes the name of the subject of the probate case, the type of case (estate, guardianship, etc.) and the year the case began.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Custody of Joyce Elnora COX given to state (1931)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 80 (25 November 1930 - 7 November 1931), in February 1931 the court granted the petition of Isaac S. Meltabarger (case #98) to have his granddaughter Joyce Elnora Cox (age 10) declared to be a neglected child, and custody of her was turned over to the Board of Children's Guardians of Hendricks County.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Grace JORDAN divorce decree modified (1931)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 80 (25 November 1930 - 7 November 1931), in January 1931 the court modified the divorce decree (case #12776) between Grace Jordan and Norman Jordan. Grace Jordan had been awarded custody of their 3 minor children, and the decree was modified due to her death. Custody of Chesley Jordan, Mary Frances Jordan and Kathryn Dean Jordan was awarded to their grandmother, Mary F. Jordan.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

List of Middle Township landowners in 1895, 1899 and 1903 added

Indexes of the landowners in Middle Township in 1895, 1899 and 1903 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are compiled from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

List of Franklin Township landowners in 1899 and 1907 added

Indexes of the landowners in Franklin Township in 1899 and 1907 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1925-1928 added

An index to divorce cases settled in Hendricks County courts for 1925-1928 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 75 (26 October 1925 - 14 October 1926), Book 76 (15 October 1926 - 30 November 1927) and Book 77 (1 December 1927 - 21 December 1928).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1930.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lists of Clay Township landowners in 1895, 1899 and 1915 added

Indexes of the landowners in Clay Township in 1895, 1899 and 1915 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

36 Digital Files of Hendricks County Probate Records Added Online

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 36 more digitized files of Hendricks County probate records to their website. The newest files span 1836 through 1890 and cover these surnames:

TONEY, TOUT, TOWNSEND, TRIGGS, TROTTER, TURNER, VAUGHAN, VEACH, VEATCH, VERBRIKE, WALKER, WATERS, WATKINS, WATSON, WELLS, WENDELL, WEST, WHICKER and WHIPPO

There are now 960 digital files of Hendricks County probate records online. These files are free to the public and are part of the society's Records Preservation Project.

Volunteers are more than 95% finished with the unfolding and organizing of the probate records dating from 1824 to 1900, which is the first step to them being digitized.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lists of Center Township landowners in 1899 and 1903 added

Indexes of the landowners in Center Township in 1899 and 1903 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Monday, August 18, 2014

12 Digital Files of Hendricks County Probate Records Added Online

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 12 more digitized files of Hendricks County probate records to their website. The newest files span 1828 through 1897 and cover these surnames:

TINCHER, TINDER, TINSLEY and TONEY

There are now 924 digital files of Hendricks County probate records online. These files are free to the public and are part of the society's Records Preservation Project.

Volunteers are more than 95% finished with the unfolding and organizing of the probate records dating from 1824 to 1900, which is the first step to them being digitized.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1921-1925 added

An index to divorce cases heard in Hendricks County courts for 1921-1925 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 71 (25 October 1921 - 14 September 1922), Book 72 (15 September 1922 - 19 September 1923), Book 73 (20 September 1923 - 15 September 1924) and Book 74 (16 September 1924 - 24 October 1925).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1930.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Inmates buried at Indiana Boys' School Cemetery in Plainfield (1870-1918)

Source: Indiana Boys' School Herald, issue of Saturday, December 7, 1940 - page 1

NOTE: This is a list of inmates who were buried in the cemetery of the Indiana Boys' School in Plainfield from 1870 through 1918. The newspaper article notes that this is only a listing of those stones that were still legible in 1940, as "time and weather has played havoc" with the stones.

Joe Allen - 1883
Peter Baker - 1885
George Bowdler - 1874
Eddie Brown - 1905
Michael Burk - 1877
Leroy Bush - 1901
Vansoite Cas - 1880
Walter Cashion - 1912
George Cook - 1891
Adolph Daker - 1900
Robert Davis - 1880
Thomas DePue - 1883
William Edmonds - 1901
Edgar Elkins - 1910
Charles Emerson - 1870
Charles Evans - 1875
William Evans - 1880
Spencer Fouce - 1899
James Gulliver - 1874
James Hall - 1901
Louis Huff - 1870
Charles Jackson - 1888
Thomas Jackson - 1901
Daniel Johnson - 1889
Robert Jones - 1899
Edward Kelly - 1883
William Lee - 1901
William Linch - 1897
John Lockridge - 1894
Charles Logan - 1896
John Logan - 1899
Charles McGill - 1901
George Miller - 1876
Clifford Moore - 1909
Joe Morice - 1901
James Parris - 1878
Herman Phillips - 1904
James Porter - 1870
Albert Powell - 1877
Julius Robertson - 1879
Walter Sexton - 1889
William Shoemaker - 1880
Caper Smith - 1870
John Stiles - 1885
George Swallow - 1876
Charles Taylor - 1884
Lewis Tinker - 1877
Ernest Warfield - 1906
Charles Wilson - 1871

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lists of Eel River Township landowners in 1895, 1911 & 1915 added

Indexes of the landowners in Eel River Township in 1895, 1911 and 1915 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lists of Guilford Township landowners in 1891 & 1903 added

Indexes of the landowners in Guilford Township in 1891 and 1903 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hendricks County marriage applications index 1941-1942 added

An index to Hendricks County Marriage Applications Book 22 (which covers 10 March 1941 through 10 June 1942) has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index is in progress - so far it covers 1905 through 1942.

ABOUT THESE RECORDS: Beginning in May 1905, Indiana law required the recording of marriage applications, which included biographical details about the bride and the groom, as well as their parents. In Hendricks County, the information from these applications was kept in a separate set of books from the marriage record from May 1905 until June 1950.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of all of the marriage application books.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1919-1921 added

An index to divorce cases in Hendricks County for 1919-1921 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries were added from Hendricks County Circuit Court Order Book 68 (12 February 1919 through 25 November 1919), Book 69 (26 November 1919 through 13 November 1920) and Book 70 (15 November 1920 through 25 October 1921).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1930.

Friday, August 1, 2014

George CUMMINGS paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1917)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 65 (October 1917 - June 1918), George Cummings (inmate #9632) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on July 3, 1916 and paroled on November 10, 1916. In December 1917, he was fully discharged.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jesse STANTON's children removed from indentured service (1841)

In February 1840, the Hendricks County Probate Court found that Jesse Stanton was guilty of criminal neglect of his children, and ordered Jeremiah Prather, the Liberty Township overseer of the poor, to indenture Stanton's children, so that they could be provided for and learn a trade. Indenture records show that in April 1840, 3 of his children were bound out:

  • Nathan Stanton (born June 25, 1830) - bound to Ezekiel Simmons until age 21
  • Sarah Stanton (age 11 years, 8 months, 4 days) - bound to Amos S. Wills until age 18
  • John Stanton (age 4 years, 11 months, 4 days) - bound to John Carter until age 21

Jesse Stanton then sued (the case was titled Jesse Stanton vs. the State of Indiana ex rel Jeremiah Prather) and in December 1841, the Indiana Supreme Court reversed the judgment, saying that the law authorizes the overseer of the poor to apprentice poor children only if their parents are dead or are unable to provide for them. The court noted that the allegation against Stanton was only that he criminally neglected their wants, not that he was not properly able to provide for them. The Supreme Court's opinion noted, "However reprehensible his conduct may have been, he did not by mere neglect to perform his duty in providing for his family, subject the disposal of his children to the jurisdiction of the overseer of the poor, nor to that of the Probate Court."

source: Hendricks County Probate Order Book 3 (11 November 1839 - 14 February 1844).

Lists of Washington Township landowners in 1895, 1899 & 1903 added

Indexes of the landowners in Washington Township in 1895, 1899 and 1903 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Recount ordered for Marion Township Advisory Board election (1922)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 72 (September 1922 - September 1923), in November 1922, Asa R. Kurtz, Verne Wolfe and Alvin R. Zimpelman, the Republican slate of candidates, filed a petition for a recount of the ballots for the November 7 election of the Marion Township Advisory Board, in which the Democratic slate - Francis M. Sheets, Everett W. Hardwick and Paul K. Christie - had been declared the winner.

James L. Clark, George W. Brill and Albert C. Parker were appointed by the court to perform the recount. They found there were 7 paper ballots that had not been counted and they added them to the totals from the voting machine, with the following updated tallies:

Asa R. Kurtz - 274 votes
Verne Wolfe - 260 votes
Arthur R. Zimpelman - 271 votes

Francis M. Sheets - 267 votes
Everett W. Hardwick - 267 votes
Paul K. Christie - 285 votes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

List of Liberty Township landowners in 1895 & 1899 added

Indexes of the landowners in Liberty Township in 1895 and 1899 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Anna KLIN judged to be feeble-minded (1923)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 72 (September 1922 - September 1923), in August 1923 Gayeton H. Sates filed a petition to have Anna Sophine Klin declared to be feeble-minded (which the law defined as idiotic, imbecile or moron). She was 13 years of age and her mother was dead and her father had abandoned her, and Sates could not properly care for her. Ernest Cooper and C.B. Thomas, both physicians, testified that they had examined her and recommended she be committed to the Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth in Fort Wayne. Judge Zimri E. Dougan granted the petition.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Adoption of Marie (LANNING) BLACKBURN (1924)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 73 (September 1923 - September 1924), in June 1924 Abbie T. Blackburn and her sister Mary Blackburn, living near Danville, filed a petition to adopt Marie Lanning. Marie was age 18 and had been living with the sisters since she was 3, after they got her from an orphan's home in Westfield, Indiana, which had since closed. They had never been able to find out who her parents were. Their petition was granted and her name was changed to Mable Marie Blackburn.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1916-1919 added

An index to divorce cases in Hendricks County in 1916-1919 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was compiled from entries in Hendricks County Circuit Court order book volume 63 (which covers 3 June 1916 through 16 January 1917), volume 64 (which covers 17 January 1917 through 5 October 1917) and volume 66 (which covers 5 June 1918 through 11 February 1919)

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1922.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hendricks County guardianship docket index 1866-1876 added

An index to a Hendricks County guardianship docket book which covers 1866 through 1876 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index includes the name of the ward, as well as the name of their guardian and the date that the case began.

Guardianship records are part of probate records, and additional information can be found in probate order books as well as probate "loose papers".

Sunday, June 29, 2014

List of Brown Township landowners in 1886 & 1891 added

Indexes of the landowners in Brown Township in 1886 and 1891 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Charles SPANGLER paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1921)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 70 (November 1920 - October 1921), Charles E. Spangler (inmate #10738) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on February 14, 1919 and paroled on May 6, 1920. In May 1921, he was fully discharged.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1914-1916 added

An index to divorce cases in Hendricks County in 1914-1916 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was compiled from entries in Hendricks County Circuit Court order book volume 60 (which covers 18 March 1914 through 12 February 1915), volume 61 (which covers 1 March 1915 through 13 November 1915) and volume 62 (which covers 15 November 1915 through 2 June 1916).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1922.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Charles MANIS paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1921)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 70 (November 1920 - October 1921), Charles Manis (inmate #10089) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on May 22, 1917 and paroled on May 6, 1920. In May 1921, he was fully discharged.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Bertha LAWSON granted divorce (1922)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 71 (October 1921 - September 1922), in September 1922 Bertha E. Lawson was granted a divorce from Harlan Lawson (case #10692). She was also awarded custody of their children: Lena Lawson, Robert Lawson, Harold Lawson, Zola Lawson and Elizabeth Lawson.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eva BARTLETT granted divorce (1922)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 71 (October 1921 - September 1922), in May 1922 Eva Bartlett was granted a divorce from Cornelius L. Bartlett (case #10981). She was also awarded custody of their child, Harley W. Bartlett (age 10), and Cornelius was ordered to pay $2.50 a week for child support.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Clara MITCHELL granted divorce (1922)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 71 (October 1921 - September 1922), in March 1922 Clara B. Mitchell was granted a divorce from Chester E. Mitchell (case #10878). She was also awarded custody of their daughter, Louise Mitchell (age 14) and Chester was ordered to pay her $8 in child support every 2 weeks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mary WARNER granted divorce (1921)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 71 (October 1921 - September 1922), in December 1921 Mary Warner was granted a divorce from Oneal Warner (case #10811). She was also awarded custody of their daughter, Rosemary Warner (age 3).

Monday, June 16, 2014

Clarence CHRISTY granted divorce (1921)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 71 (October 1921 - September 1922), in November 1921 Clarence E. Christy was granted a divorce from Anna Christy (case #10792). He was also awarded custody of their children: Raymond Christy (age 12), Kenneth Christy (age 10) and Mayzola Christy (age 7).

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hendricks County guardianship docket index 1835-1864 added

An index to a Hendricks County guardianship docket book which covers 1835 through 1864 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index includes the name of the ward, as well as the name of their guardian and the date that the case began.

Guardianship records are part of probate records, and additional information can be found in probate order books as well as probate "loose papers".

Monday, June 9, 2014

Dosha (STOUT) COOPER granted divorce (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 68 (February 1919 - November 1919), in November 1919 Dosha Cooper was granted a divorce from Hugh Cooper (case #10264). She also was awarded $300 in alimony, and was restored to her maiden name, Dosha Stout.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hendricks County marriage applications index 1939-1941 added

An index to Hendricks County Marriage Applications Book 21 (which covers 28 September 1939 through 20 March 1941) has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index is in progress - so far it covers 1905 through 1941.

ABOUT THESE RECORDS: Beginning in May 1905, Indiana law required the recording of marriage applications, which included biographical details about the bride and the groom, as well as their parents. In Hendricks County, the information from these applications was kept in a separate set of books from the marriage record from May 1905 until June 1950.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of all of the marriage application books.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Earl SEARS granted divorce (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 68 (February 1919 - November 1919), in September 1919 Earl Sears was granted a divorce from Elsie Sears (case #10287) on the cause of abandonment for more than 2 years prior to filing. She had been served with her court summons at her residence - 22 Alaska Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Inez BURKHART granted annulment (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 68 (February 1919 - November 1919), in September 1919 Inez Burkhart was granted an annulment from John W. Farr (case #10328). The court found that the marriage that had occurred on December 9, 1918 in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois was a pretend one.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Osie MASTEN granted divorce (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 68 (February 1919 - November 1919), in November 1919 Osie F. Masten was granted a divorce from Zephyr E. Masten (case #10338). She was also given custody of their children - Roy Masten (age 8) and Jeanette Masten (age 6).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

John Philip Colletta To Speak At Genealogy Workshop in Plainfield

Nationally-known speaker and author Dr. John Philip Colletta will hold a free genealogy workshop on Saturday, September 27 from 9:15 am to 4 pm at the Plainfield Public Library. Indiana librarians can receive 4 LEU credits for attending.

Dr. Colletta will offer 4 sessions:

--Breaking Through Brick Walls: Use Your HEAD! - tips for how to overcome seeming insurmountable obstacles in your genealogy research (e.g. several men with the same name or families with common surnames).
--The County Courthouse: Your 'Trunk in the Attic' - a review of the many resources that are available in courthouses.
--Using 19th-Century Newspapers for Family History - a focus on the lesser-used items in newspapers, such as advertisements, estate settlements, real estate transfers and local elections.
--Seventeen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a 19th-Century Immigrant - how the use of smaller, more specialized records repositories can bring personal details of an ancestor to light.

The workshop is free, but seating is limited, and pre-registration is required (lunch is on your own). Register online via the library's events calendar, or contact the library's Indiana Room - phone (317) 839-6602 extension 2114; askindiana@plainfieldlibrary.net.

Carrie MOORE granted divorce (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 68 (February 1919 - November 1919), in May 1919 Carrie Moore was granted a divorce from Harry Moore (case #10213) on the cause of deserting her and their 4 children - Jennie Mae Moore (age 8), Nedra Moore (age 7), Beatrice Moore (age 5) and Helen Moore (age 3). She was awarded $82.50 a month in child support.

Marie PARKER granted divorce (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 68 (February 1919 - November 1919), in October 1919 Marie K. Parker was granted a divorce from Rollo H. Parker (case #10275). She was also given custody of their daughter, Mary Margaret Parker, and Rollo was to pay her $12 a month in child support, and to have no visitation rights.

Monday, June 2, 2014

July 5 Session for Preserving Hendricks County Probate Records

Want to help preserve Hendricks County probate records from the 1800's? Come to Plainfield Public Library's 2nd floor on Saturday, July 5 anytime from 10 am to 4 pm to help unfold and organize some of Hendricks County's probate packets from the 1870's through the 1890's. Lunch is on your own, with a variety of eating options in the area.

This work session is part of the Indiana Genealogical Society's ongoing project to preserve and digitize these court records, which date back to the founding of the county in 1824 and go up to 1900. These probate packets include estates and guardianships. The receipts and other original papers in them give fascinating details of what life was like back then. Over 3,600 probate packets have been worked on so far, and over 900 are online already.

Please register for the work session - register online through the library's events calendar, or contact their Indiana Room staff - phone (317) 839-6602 extension 2114.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

List of Union Township landowners in 1891 & 1899 added

Indexes of the landowners in Union Township in 1891 and 1899 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ella GARNER granted divorce (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 68 (February 1919 - November 1919), in April 1919 Ella Garner was granted a divorce from Raleigh Garner (case #10228). She was also awarded custody of their children - Bernice Garner (age 19), Hubert Garner (age 17), Mabel Garner (age 14), Myrle Garner (age 14), Harold Garner (age 12), Inez Garner (age 10), Lois Garner (age 8), Edith Garner (age 7), Joanna Garner (age 5) and Helen Garner (age 3).

Friday, May 30, 2014

Naturalization of George CANTANZARETE cancelled (1918)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 66 (June 1918 - February 1919), on September 4, 1918 the court had granted the petition of George Carlos Cantanzarete to become a naturalized citizen. However, further review showed that his petition had not included a certificate from the Department of Labor showing the date, place and manner that he had arrived in the United States, as required by Section 4 of the Congressional Act of June 29, 1906. As a result, the naturalization was cancelled, and he was ordered to turn in the naturalization certificate he had received from the court.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

John MILES pardoned after conviction (1918)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 66 (June 1918 - February 1919), on October 8, 1917 John Miles had been convicted of petit larceny and sentenced to the Indiana State Penal Farm for 30 days, fined $10 and disenfranchised for 2 years. He was released from the penal farm on November 27, 1917 and the county prosecutor, county auditor and county treasurer (among others) petitioned the governor, James P. Goodrich, to pardon him. On September 26, 1918, the pardon was granted and Miles' full citizenship was restored, including his voting rights.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mattie VAN CLEAVE granted divorce (1918)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 66 (June 1918 - February 1919), in November 1918 Mattie Van Cleave was granted a divorce from John Van Cleave (case #10134) after he failed to show up in court. She was also given custody of their children: Ava M. Van Cleave (age 14), Ernest Van Cleave (age 11), Alsenia Van Cleave (age 9) and Susanah Van Cleave (age 7). The Hendricks County Circuit Court Judge, Zimri E. Dougan, had disqualified himself and appointed an attorney, Edgar M. Blessing, to act as special judge in the case.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Erroll KEYS paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 66 (June 1918 - February 1919), Erroll Keys (inmate #9339) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on November 23, 1915 and paroled on December 10, 1917. In December 1918, he was fully discharged.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Carrie WHITT granted divorce (1918)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 66 (June 1918 - February 1919), in November 1918 Carrie E. Whitt was granted a divorce from John V. Whitt (case #10112) on the grounds that he had abandoned her for 2 years prior to filing, and his whereabouts were unknown. She was given custody of their son, Walter Gilbert Whitt (age 2).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1912-1914 added

An index to divorce cases in Hendricks County in 1912-1914 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was compiled from entries in Hendricks County Circuit Court order book volume 58 (which covers 2 September 1912 through 28 April 1913) and volume 59 (which covers 5 May 1913 to 17 March 1914).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1919.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Clara WILLS granted divorce (1918)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 66 (June 1918 - February 1919), in June 1918 Clara Wills was granted a divorce from John R. Wills (case #10063). She was given custody of their son Harry Newton Wills, as well as their unborn child (due in October or November 1918). They also had come up with their own property settlement, where she was to receive deeds to real estate they owned in Hendricks County and Boone County, to pay for her alimony as well as any future child support.

99 Digital Files of Hendricks County Probate Records Added Online

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 99 more digitized files of Hendricks County probate records to their website. The newest files cover these surnames:

ROACH, ROBBINS, ROBERTS, ROBINS, ROSS, RUPE, RUSHTON, RUSSELL, SANDERS, SANDS, SANDUSKY, SCANLAN, SCOVILLE, SHANER, SHANKLIN, SHARP, SHAW, SHELLEY, SHELLY, SHEPHERD, SHIRLEY, SHOCKLEY, SHOCKNEY, SHOEMAKER, SHOFNER, SHORT, SIMMONS, SIMPSON, SINGER, SKILLMAN, SLAVENS, SMITH, SOUTH, SPAULDING, SPENSER, SPICER, SPICKLEMIRE, SPOTTS, STANLEY, STARR, STEPHENS, STEPHENSON, STEWART, STOUT, SUMNER, SURBER, SWAIM, SWARTZ, SWINDLER, TALBERT, TALBOTT, TATE, TAYLOR, TENNERY, THARP, THICKSTEIN, THOMPSON, THORNBROUGH, THORNBURGH and THORP

There are now 912 Hendricks County probate records online. These files are free to the public and are part of the society's Records Preservation Project.

Volunteers are more than 90% finished with the unfolding and organizing of the probate records, which is the first step to them being digitized. If you would like to help them reach 100% complete, stop by the next work session on Saturday, July 5 at the Plainfield Public Library from 10 am to 4 pm. Please register online through the library's events calendar or contact the library's Indiana Room - phone (317) 839-6602 extension 2114.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Alice BREWER delivers illegitimate child (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), in May 1915 Alice Brewer filed a bastardy suit against Urben Pope (case #9331) for the birth of her illegitimate child. Because Urben was under the age of 21, William P. Reagan was appointed as his guardian ad litem for the court proceedings. The court ruled that Urben was the father and ordered him to pay $425 to B.W. Anderson for the support of the child, and that B.W. Anderson was to act as the trustee for the money and make a report to the court every 3 years.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

May LAWSON granted divorce (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), in November 1915 May Lawson was granted a divorce from Harry Lawson (case #9495). She was given custody of their child, Tharel Lawson.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Amos MAYBERRY granted divorce (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), in October 1915 Amos F. Mayberry was granted a divorce from Eliza A. Mayberry. Eliza was given $400 alimony, plus all their household goods, poultry, family stores and garden products. Their children were old enough that they were to be allowed to choose which parent to live with.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ruth JOHNSON granted divorce (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), in September 1915 Ruth Johnson was granted a divorce from Pleasant M. Johnson (case #9433). She was given custody of their child, Merion F. Johnson, and ordered not to remarry for 2 years.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Adoption of Gertrude WRIGHT (1917)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 64 (January 1917 - October 1917), in March 1917 Charles C. Walls and wife Ada A. Walls of Danville filed a petition to adopt Gertrude Wright (case #9802). Gertrude was 34 years old (born 25 December 1882) and her mother was dead; her father Edward D. Wright had not been heard from for 4 years. The court granted the petition and changed her name to Gertrude Wright Walls.

Nancy DeMARCUS granted divorce (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), in September 1915 Nancy Emeline DeMarcus was granted a divorce from Bratcher Bradford DeMarcus (case #9446). She was given custody of their children - Bratcher DeMarcus and Bruce DeMarcus - and $800 alimony, plus $20 a month in child support for September through May.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

List of Brown Township landowners in 1895 & 1899 added

Indexes of the landowners in Lincoln Township in 1895 and 1899 have been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

These indexes are from Hendricks County Assessor's plat books and include the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Arnold PUCKETT paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1916)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 63 (June 1916 - January 1917), Arnold Puckett (inmate #7426) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on February 13, 1912 and paroled on June 7, 1915. In June 1916, he was fully discharged.

Goldie STRADER granted divorce (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), in June 1915 Goldie Strader was granted a divorce from Charles Strader (case #9392) on the grounds of cruel and inhumane treatment. She was given custody of their children - Merrill Hughes Strader (age 5) and Milburn Strader (age 4 months) - and awarded $15 a month in child support for the months of May-November ($10 a month for the months December-April).

Friday, May 16, 2014

Willard GIBSON paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), Willard Gibson (inmate #7684; court case #4951) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on October 7, 1912 and paroled on September 23, 1914. In October 1915, he was fully discharged.

Squire M.B. VEATCH granted divorce (1914)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 60 (March 1914 - February 1915), in October 1914 Squire M.B. Veatch was granted a divorce from Jessie E. Veatch (case #9241). He was given custody of their children - Loal, George W., Audrey Agnes and Mary A. Veatch. Jessie was given visitation rights for 2 hours once a month in Squire's home.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wilburn MATTOX granted divorce (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), in March 1915 Wilburn Mattox was granted a divorce from Cloda Mattox (case #9262). Cloda was given custody of their child, Verle F. Mattox, and awarded $5 a week for child support. This child support was to be paid to the Marion County Juvenile Court. Wilburn was given visitation rights of once a week and once a month was to be allowed to take Verle from Friday night until Monday morning.

Charles PFIESTER paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1914)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 60 (March 1914 - February 1915), Charles Pfiester (inmate #6675) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on January 11, 1910 and paroled on July 24, 1913. In August 1914, he was fully discharged.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cora WARD granted divorce (1915)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 61 (March 1915 - November 1915), in May 1915 Cora Ward was granted a divorce from Alden E. Ward (case #9362). She was given custody of their son, Alden Leo Ward, and awarded $8 a month for child support. Alden E. was given visitation rights the 1st Sunday afternoon of the month.

Mary PAUL granted divorce (1914)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 60 (March 1914 - February 1915), in June 1914 Mary E. Paul was granted a divorce from John W. Paul (case #9164). Mary was given custody of their daughters Anna Bell Paul and Edna Paul; custody of their son Ray Paul was given to Samuel A. Little and custody of their son Samuel Paul was given to Edward and Etta Hogan.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Recount ordered for Center Township Trustee election (1914)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 60 (March 1914 - February 1915), in November 1914, Martin Mitchell filed a petition (case #9282) for a recount of the ballots for the November 3 election of the Center Township Trustee, in which George L. Christie had been declared the winner.

L.A. Barnett, Ed Crawley and J.E. Humston were appointed by the court to do the recount. They declared the results of their recount to be:

--Martin Mitchell - 358 votes received
--George L. Christie - 355 votes received
--John M. Stout - 204 votes received

Martin Mitchell was declared the winner, by a margin of 3 votes over George L. Christie.

Grant ALLEE paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1914)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 60 (March 1914 - February 1915), Grant Allee (inmate #6897) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on October 5, 1910 and paroled on July 22, 1913. In August 1914, he was fully discharged.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Inez MENDENHALL delivers illegitimate child (1914)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 60 (March 1914 - February 1915), in October 1914 Inez Mendenhall filed a bastardy suit against Herschel Montgomery for her illegitimate child (case #9138). Inez was under the age of 21, and the child died 3 days after its birth. The case was dismissed after it was reported that suitable provision had been made for the last sickness and burial of the child.

Virgie MORPHEW granted divorce (1914)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 60 (March 1914 - February 1915), in June 1914 Virgie Morphew was granted a divorce from James Robert Morphew (case #9209), after he failed to appear in court. Virgie was given custody of their child Goldie Gladys Morphew and James was to pay $6 a month in child support.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Forest BALDWIN paroled from Indiana State Reformatory (1914)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 60 (March 1914 - February 1915), Forest Baldwin (inmate #6851) had been committed to the Indiana State Reformatory in Jeffersonville on July 2, 1910 and paroled on March 6, 1913. In March 1914, he was fully discharged.

Hendricks County guardianship docket index (1906-1912) added

An index to a Hendricks County guardianship docket book which covers January 1906 through July 1912 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index includes the name of the ward, as well as the name of their guardian and the date that the case began.

Guardianship records are part of probate records, and additional information can be found in probate order books as well as probate "loose papers".

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

July 5 Next Session for Preserving Hendricks County Probate Records

Saturday, July 5 at Plainfield Public Library is the next session for working on Hendricks County probate records - stop by the library's 2nd floor anytime from 10 am to 4 pm to help unfold and organize some of Hendricks County's probate packets from the 1870's through the 1890's. Lunch is on your own, with a variety of eating options in the area.

This is part of the Indiana Genealogical Society's ongoing project to preserve and digitize these court records, which date back to the founding of the county in 1824. These probate packets include estates and guardianships. The receipts and other original papers in them give fascinating details of what life was like back then. Over 3,600 probate packets have been worked on, and over 800 are online already.

Please register for the work session - register online through the library's events calendar, or contact their Indiana Room staff - phone (317) 839-6602 extension 2114.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hendricks County divorce index 1911-1912 added

An index to divorce cases in Hendricks County in 1911-1912 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was compiled from entries in the Hendricks County Circuit Court order book volume 57 (which covers 3 October 1911 through 5 July 1912).

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the circuit court order books for the years 1824-1914.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Adoption of Alta McCREARY (1911)

From Hendricks County court records:

In June 1911, Lida R. Scearce filed a petition in Hendricks County Circuit Court to adopt Alta McCreary. Alta was 26 years old on 26 February 1911. In September 1890, Scearce had gotten Alta from the orphans home in Knightstown, with both her parents dead at the time.

The petition was granted and Alta's name was changed to Alta M. Scearce.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Adoption of Luther L. LARISON (1912)

From Hendricks County court records:

In June 1912, unmarried James G. Miller of Brownsburg filed a petition in Hendricks County Circuit Court to adopt Luther L. Larison, who was born 25 December 1890. Luther's parents were dead.

The petition was granted and Luther's name was changed to Luther L. Miller.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hendricks County guardianship docket index (1937-1953) added

An index to a Hendricks County guardianship docket book which covers July 1937 through January 1953 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The index includes the name of the ward, as well as the name of their guardian and the date that the case began.

Guardianship records are part of probate records, and additional information can be found in probate order books as well as probate "loose papers".

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Adoption of Velma Fern HENDERSON (1911)

From Hendricks County court records:

In September 1911, John D. and Luna L. Hendricks of Lizton filed a petition in the Hendricks County Circuit Court to adopt Velma Fern Hendricks, age 1. Velma's mother, Nettie Henderson, was dead; her father, John Henderson, lived in North Salem and gave his consent in writing.

The petition was granted and Velma's name was changed to Velma Fern Hendricks.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Adoption of Phyllis Lutitia HADLEY (1910)

From Hendricks County court records:

In February 1910, Clarkson B. and Alice E.H. Thomas filed a petition in Hendricks County Circuit Court to adopt Phyllis Lutitia Hadley, who was born 4 May 1906. Phyllis' mother was dead; her father, Earl Hadley, lived in Paonia, Colorado and gave his consent in writing.

The petition was granted.

Activity in Hendricks County probate cases (March 1901)

From Hendricks County probate records:

Activity in probate cases as of 5 March 1901 [in vacation of the January 1901 term of court]:
--James W. Thompson estate - Henry H. Thompson appointed administrator ($100 bond)
--Lillie A. Phillips estate - Alfred W. Carter appointed administrator ($500 bond)